Building Student Success - B.C. Curriculum (2023)

Students are expected to know the following:

Students are expected to be able to do the following:

Big Ideas

Big Ideas

Algebra allows us to generalize

  • Sample questions to support inquiry with students:
    • After solving a problem, can we extend it? Can we generalize it?
    • How can we take a contextualized problem and turn it into a mathematical problem that can be solved?
    • How do we tell if a mathematical solution is reasonable?
    • Where can errors occur when solving a contextualized problem?
    • What are the similarities and differences between quadratic functions and linear functions? How are they connected?
    • What do we notice about the rate of change in a quadratic function?
    • How do the strategies for solving linear equations extend to solving quadratic, radical, or rational equations?
    • What is the connection between domain and extraneous roots?
relationships through abstract thinking.

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The meanings of, and connections

  • Sample questions to support inquiry with students:
    • How are the different operations (+, -, x, ÷, exponents, roots) connected?
    • What are the similarities and differences between multiplication of numbers, powers, radicals, polynomials, and rational expressions?
    • How can we verify that we have factored a trinomial correctly?
    • How can visualization support algebraic thinking?
    • How can patterns in numbers lead to algebraic generalizations?
    • When would we choose to represent a number with a radical rather than a rational exponent?
    • How do strategies for factoring x2+bx+cextend to ax2 +bx + c, a≠1
    • How do operations on rational numbers extend to operations with rational expressions?
between, operations extend to powers, radicals, and polynomials.

Quadratic relationships

  • Sample questions to support inquiry with students:
    • What are some examples of quadratic relationships in the world around us, and what are the similarities and differences between these?
    • Why are quadratic relationships so prevalent in the world around us?
    • How does the predictable pattern of linear functions extend to quadratic functions?
    • Why is the shape of a quadratic function called a parabola?
    • How can we decide which form of a quadratic function to use for a given problem?
    • What effect does each term of a quadratic function have on its graph?
are prevalent in the world around us.

Trigonometry involves using proportional reasoning

  • comparisons of relative size or scale instead of numerical difference
to solve indirect measurement
  • using measurable values to calculate immeasurable values (e.g., calculating the width of a river using the distance between two points on one shore and an angle to a point on the other shore)
  • Sample questions to support inquiry with students:
    • How is the cosine law related to the Pythagorean theorem?
    • How can we use right triangles to find a rule for solving non-right triangles?
    • How do we decide when to use the sine law or cosine law?
    • What would it mean for an angle to have a negative measure? Identify a context for making sense of a negative angle.



real number

  • classification


  • positive and negative rational exponents
  • exponent laws
  • evaluation using order of operations
  • numerical and variable bases
with rational exponents


  • simplifying radicals
  • ordering a set of irrational numbers
  • performing operations with radicals
  • solving simple (one radical only) equations algebraically and graphically
  • identifying domain restrictions and extraneous roots of radical equations
operations and equations

polynomial factoring

  • greatest common factor of a polynomial
  • trinomials of the form ax2 + bx + c
  • difference of squares of the form a2x2- b2y2
  • may extend to a(f(x))2 + b(f(x)) +c, a2(f(x))2 - b2(f(x))2


  • simplifying and applying operations to rational expressions
  • identifying non-permissible values
  • solving equations and identifying any extraneous roots
expressions and equations

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  • identifying characteristics of graphs (including domain and range, intercepts, vertex, symmetry), multiple forms, function notation, extrema
  • exploring transformations
  • solving equations (e.g., factoring, quadratic formula, completing the square, graphing, square root method)
  • connecting equation-solving strategies
  • connecting equations with functions
  • solving problems in context
functions and equations

linear and quadratic inequalities

  • single variable (e.g., 3x - 7 ≤ -4, x2 - 5x + 6 > 0)
  • domain and range restrictions from problems in situational contexts
  • sign analysis: identifying intervals where a function is positive, negative, or zero
  • symbolic notation for inequality statements, including interval notation


  • use of sine and cosine laws to solve non-right triangles, including ambiguous cases
  • contextual and non-contextual problems
  • angles in standard position:
    • degrees
    • special angles, as connected with the 30-60-90 and 45-45-90 triangles
  • unit circle
  • reference and coterminal angles
  • terminal arm
  • trigonometric ratios
  • simple trigonometric equations
: non-right triangles and angles in standard position

Curricular Competency

Curricular Competency

Reasoning and modelling

Develop thinking strategies

  • using reason to determine winning strategies
  • generalizing and extending
to solve puzzles and play games

Explore, analyze

  • examine the structure of and connections between mathematical ideas (e.g., trinomial factoring, roots of quadratic equations)
, and apply mathematical ideas using reason
  • inductive and deductive reasoning
  • predictions, generalizations, conclusions drawn from experiences (e.g., with puzzles, games, and coding)
, technology
  • graphing technology, dynamic geometry, calculators, virtual manipulatives, concept-based apps
  • can be used for a wide variety of purposes, including:
    • exploring and demonstrating mathematical relationships
    • organizing and displaying data
    • generating and testing inductive conjectures
    • mathematical modelling
, and other tools
  • manipulatives such as algebra tiles and other concrete materials

Estimate reasonably

  • be able to defend the reasonableness of an estimated value or a solution to a problem or equation (e.g., the zeros of a graphed polynomial function)
and demonstrate fluent, flexible, and strategic thinking
  • includes:
    • using known facts and benchmarks, partitioning, applying whole number strategies to rational numbers and algebraic expressions
    • choosing from different ways to think of a number or operation (e.g., Which will be the most strategic or efficient?)
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about number


  • use mathematical concepts and tools to solve problems and make decisions (e.g., in real-life and/or abstract scenarios)
  • take a complex, essentially non-mathematical scenario and figure out what mathematical concepts and tools are needed to make sense of it
with mathematics in situational contexts
  • including real-life scenarios and open-ended challenges that connect mathematics with everyday life

Think creatively

  • by being open to trying different strategies
  • refers to creative and innovative mathematical thinking rather than to representing math in a creative way, such as through art or music
and with curiosity and wonder
  • asking questions to further understanding or to open other avenues of investigation
when exploring problems

Understanding and solving

Develop, demonstrate, and apply conceptual understanding of mathematical ideas through play, story, inquiry

  • includes structured, guided, and open inquiry
  • noticing and wondering
  • determining what is needed to make sense of and solve problems
, and problem solving


  • create and use mental images to support understanding
  • Visualization can be supported using dynamic materials (e.g., graphical relationships and simulations), concrete materials, drawings, and diagrams.
to explore and illustrate mathematical concepts and relationships

Apply flexible and strategic approaches

  • deciding which mathematical tools to use to solve a problem
  • choosing an effective strategy to solve a problem (e.g., guess and check, model, solve a simpler problem, use a chart, use diagrams, role-play)
to solve problems
  • interpret a situation to identify a problem
  • apply mathematics to solve the problem
  • analyze and evaluate the solution in terms of the initial context
  • repeat this cycle until a solution makes sense

Solve problems with persistence and a positive disposition

  • not giving up when facing a challenge
  • problem solving with vigour and determination

Engage in problem-solving experiences connected

  • through daily activities, local and traditional practices, popular media and news events, cross-curricular integration
  • by posing and solving problems or asking questions about place, stories, and cultural practices
with place, story, cultural practices, and perspectives relevant to local First Peoples communities, the local community, and other cultures

Communicating and representing

Explain and justify

  • use mathematical arguments to convince
  • includes anticipating consequences
mathematical ideas and decisions
  • Have students explore which of two scenarios they would choose and then defend their choice.
in many ways
  • including oral, written, visual, use of technology
  • communicating effectively according to what is being communicated and to whom

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  • using models, tables, graphs, words, numbers, symbols
  • connecting meanings among various representations
mathematical ideas in concrete, pictorial, and symbolic forms

Use mathematical vocabulary and language to contribute to discussions

  • partner talks, small-group discussions, teacher-student conferences
in the classroom

Take risks when offering ideas in classroom discourse

  • is valuable for deepening understanding of concepts
  • can help clarify students’ thinking, even if they are not sure about an idea or have misconceptions

Connecting and reflecting


  • share the mathematical thinking of self and others, including evaluating strategies and solutions, extending, posing new problems and questions
on mathematical thinking

Connect mathematical concepts

  • to develop a sense of how mathematics helps us understand ourselves and the world around us (e.g., daily activities, local and traditional practices, popular media and news events, social justice, cross-curricular integration)
with each other, with other areas, and with personal interests

Use mistakes

  • range from calculation errors to misconceptions
as opportunities to advance learning
  • by:
    • analyzing errors to discover misunderstandings
    • making adjustments in further attempts
    • identifying not only mistakes but also parts of a solution that are correct


  • by:
    • collaborating with Elders and knowledge keepers among local First Peoples
    • exploring the First Peoples Principles of Learning (…; e.g., Learning is holistic, reflexive, reflective, experiential, and relational [focused on connectedness, on reciprocal relationships, and a sense of place]; Learning involves patience and time)
    • making explicit connections with learning mathematics
    • exploring cultural practices and knowledge of local First Peoples and identifying mathematical connections
First Peoples worldviews, perspectives, knowledge, and practices
to make connections with mathematical concepts


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